Archive for May 2nd, 2007

Is Elizabeth May losing it?

May 2, 2007

When Elizabeth May became leader of the Green Party she had instant credibility, at least with the media. Then she made the announcement that in the next federal election (whenever that may be) she would run against Conservative cabinet minister Peter McKay in Nova Scotia instead of a safer riding which would give her a chance at being the first member of the Green Party to be elected federally, making electoral history in Canada.

That was questionable, but not as controversial as her next decision which was to make a deal with Liberal leader Stephane Dion, where the Liberals would not run a candidate against her and the Green Party would reciprocate by not running a candidate in Dion’s riding. This friendly partnership with the Liberals raised a lot of concerns in the media and also among Liberal and Green Party supporters as well.

Then this.

On Sunday, Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada, returned to London, Ont., where she lost a byelection five months ago. Although Ms. May was not on the campaign trail this time, she was preaching the Greens’ environmental catechism, this time from the pulpit of a local United Church.


Ms. May’s teary-eyed homily on global warming no doubt moved many in the audience. Speaking of global warming, she told the United Church congregation that “Through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can meet this moral obligation.”

But other parts of her speech were entirely bizarre, conjuring up theories that call into question not only her credibility as the leader of the Greens, but Mr. Dion’s judgment.

In referring to Evangelical Christians, Ms. May stated that some “are waiting for the end [of] time in glee … and they unfortunately include President [George W.] Bush.” Ms. May also described Stephen Harper’s plan to deal with global warming as “worse than Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis.”

One can only wonder what comes next.